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Keynote Speakers

Professor Neil Coville
Emeritus Professor
School of Chemistry
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg

South Africa

Neil Coville obtained his B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc. degrees at Wits before proceeding to McGill University, Montreal in 1968 where he obtained his Ph.D degree (1973).  After post-doctoral work at Harvard University he returned to Wits in 1976.  He worked his way through the ranks in the School of Chemistry, from lecturer to Chair of Inorganic Chemistry before becoming an Emeritus Professor.  He is still a member of two DST-NRF Centres of Excellence (Catalysis; Strong Materials) and maintains an active research group.

 

Professor Neerish Revaprasadu
SARChI Chair
Department of Chemistry
University of Zululand

Neerish Revaprasadu is a Professor of Chemistry and SARChI Chair holder in Nanotechnology at the University of Zululand. He obtained his B.SC(Hons.) from University of Natal in 1993 and Ph.D from Imperial College, London in 2000. He started as a senior lecturer at Unizulu 2000, associate professor in 2004 and full professor in 2008. In 2207 he awarded the SARChI Chair in nanotechnology. His research interest is in the synthesis of semiconductor nanomaterials. He has worked extensively on cadmium, lead, copper, iron and bismuth chalcogenide materials. He also has worked on applications of gold core shell nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. His current interest is on the synthesis and applications of ternary materials, 2-D materials and perovskites. He has co-authored 170 articles in peer reviewed journals and supervised more than 30 postgraduate (M.Sc and Ph.D) students.

 

Professor Viness Pillay
SARChI Chair
School of Pharmacy
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg

Professor Viness Pillay is a Fulbright Scholar, and South African National Research Foundation Chair in Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). He completed his PhD at Temple University, School of Pharmacy (Philadelphia, USA). He is currently a Personal Professor of Pharmaceutics, Head of Pharmaceutics and Director of the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit at Wits University. He directs a vibrant research team of over 50 postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and advanced researchers.  Amongst many awards, he most recently received the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Scientific Merit Award in the Gold Category for his work in generating intellectual property in the field of drug delivery technology. He is an inventor on 47 international patent applications in the USA, Europe, China, Japan and South Africa. His research has been published widely with over 250 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, contributions to over 35 editorials, opinion papers, books and book chapters and has made over 350 scientific presentations at both local and international conferences in the area of pharmaceutical technology, drug delivery and polymer science.

 

Professor Kenneth I. Ozoemena
School of Chemistry
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg

Kenneth Ozoemena is Professor of Materials for Energy & Electrochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. His current research interests are focussed on the development of advanced materials for the next-generation clean energy systems (such as lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and fuel cells) and smart electrochemical sensors. He holds BSc (Hons) from Abia State University, double MSc degrees from the University of Lagos, and a PhD (2003) from Rhodes University. He is a Certified Renewable Energy Professional (CREP) of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE, USA), Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

 

Professor Ivo A. Hümmelgen
Departamento de Física
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Curitiba, Brazil

Ivo A. Hümmelgen completed his PhD in Physics at University of Göttingen, Germany in 1991. He is currently Full Professor at the Physics Department of Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. His research interests are related to organic electronic device development (mostly transistors, memories and solar cells), as well as chemical sensors based on nanostructures, with emphasis on agribusiness applications.

   

Professor Francesco Petruccione
SARChI Chair
School of Chemistry and Physics
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Francesco Petruccione studied Physics at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and received his PhD in 1988. He got his “Habilitation” (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) from the same University in 1994 and worked there as Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics until 2003. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2005 he was awarded an Innovation Fund grant to set up a Centre for Quantum Technology. In 2007 he was granted a South African Research Chair for Quantum Information Processing and Communication from the National Research Foundation. He is the Deputy-Director of the National Institute of Theoretical Physics. Since March 2008 he is a member of the Board of the UKZN Innovation Company. He has published more than 90 papers in refereed journals. He is the editor of several proceedings volumes and of special editions of  scientific journals. He has been invited to deliver more than 50 talks.